Roma Urban Market Finally Unveils In Downtown San Diego

September 24, 2017

More than 2 years in the making, Roma Urban Market has finally unveiled in San Diego's Little Italy, offering an array of Italian delicacies for dine-in or take-out.

First opened in Alhambra in 1953 before relocating to Pasadena, Roma Market is an Italian deli and retail marketplace that has been family owned for the better part of three generations. A second location opened in Escondido in late 2014, but has since closed for good despite rumors of an impending return. The long-awaited Little Italy outpost actually caused a rift of sorts within the company, resulting in the San Diego venture being transferred to a new corporate entity independent from the Pasadena branch.

The 8,900 San Diego Roma is currently in its 'soft opening' stage, meaning staff is still be trained and not everything is complete. The deli and marketplace offer an array of premium imported Italian meats and cheeses, a pizza counter, a hot food station, a salad bar, a fresh-to-order sandwich nook, a wine and spirits section, an array of Italian and local beers, a dessert station, and essential grocery items. There is also a bar area with coffee concoctions, 6 beer taps, and a variety of wines. Once fully up and running on October 2, the market and restaurant will offer outdoor seating on its wrap-around patio on the corner of Beech & Columbia Streets, will introduce weekend brunch, and will feature a walk-up window with Dixie Pops homemade popsicles. Roma also plans to offer delivery through UberEats in the near future.

Roma Urban Market is currently accessible through the courtyard of the office building at 555 W Beech Street and operates from 7am-10pm on Tuesday through Saturday and 7am-9pm on Sunday & Monday. For more information, visit